Posted by: glasskeys | 03/04/2011

Joining the Nook Developer program.

Android with toolbox.

Android & tools.

I recently joined the Nook developer program through Barnes & Noble.

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UPDATE – (03/22/2011): To join the programme you can follow the steps below, but you may want to read this & decide if you wish to continue further.
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First you need to create a Barnes & Noble Account here. If you purchased a Nook or Nook Color you most likely have done this step already, as it is one of the steps performed on initial device setup.

Then sign up for the Nook Color Developer program.

After joining it appeared that Barnes & Noble inexplicably wants you to sign in again to find out how to install the tools:

Sign in again?

Sign in again?

However, according to a post by a official moderator in the developer forums, this step is not needed.

The following URLs will help you get started if you are interested:
Developing for Nook Color
Nook Usability Basics
Nook Color Specs

Since I use a Mac, I noticed some of the instructions in the Developing for Nook Color document were slightly different than doing things the normal “OS X” way. For example Mac users can skip the first download Java step, as it is a standard included feature of Mac OS X, just make sure it is up to date (System Preferences – Software Update).

Next I downloaded the Android SDK. After following the SDK setup instructions in the Developing for Nook Color guide, I was easily able to get the Nook SDK Add-On to work. NOTE: Using the AVD for the NookColor, I set the Scale display to real size to 6 inches. After testing I moved this folder to a subfolder in my Home directory.

Following successful SDK setup and testing, I then downloaded the 32 bit version of Eclipse for the Mac from here. You can use the following commands to extract & test the gzipped tarball:

$ tar xzf eclipse-java-helios-SR2-macosx-cocoa.tar.gz
$ cd eclipse
$ ./eclipse&

After testing and exiting Eclipse, I placed the entire eclipse folder in Applications and dragged the to my dock.

Then I added the ADT plugin for Eclipse. Follow the Helios instructions on this page. Make sure you don’t skip the Configuring the ADT Plugin steps found below the installation instructions on the same page.

Finally I followed the instructions on page 10 called Building a Sample Application in the Developing for NookColor document to build the simple Hello World application.

Hello World

Hello World


  1. Nice post. Here’s a free developer program you can join to increase your knowledge and credibility in cloud application development. Get certified and bid on Caspio-specific projects to earn more money

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